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Katy Tavares named executive director of Wingate Residences at Haverhill

Katy Tavares named executive director of Wingate Residences at Haverhill

HAVERHILL, Mass. — Wingate Healthcare named Katy Tavares executive director of Wingate Residences at Haverhill, an assisted living and memory care assisted living community opening in early fall 2018. A licensed social worker and geriatric care manager, Tavares has more than 22 years of senior living experience.

“We’re excited to welcome Katy to the Wingate team,” Scott Schuster, founder and president of Wingate Healthcare, said. “She’ll be an ideal leader in helping Wingate continue to expand our senior living offerings into northern Massachusetts.”

Prior to Wingate Residences at Haverhill, Tavares served as executive director for two Northbridge Companies memory care communities in Massachusetts. As executive director of Avita of Newburyport in Newburyport, Mass., Tavares maintined 95 percent or higher occupancy. Tavares also assisted Northbridge Companies with the start-up of the memory care assisted living community Season of Danvers in Danvers, Mass.

Tavares has held three additional executive director roles, as well as sales and marketing positions for senior living communities throughout Massachusetts. She has experience in a variety of community-based settings, including memory care, assisted living, home care, short-term rehabilitation and adult day health. Tavares began her career as a geriatric case manager for Mystic Valley Elder Services in Malden, Mass., before transitioning to director of social services for Marland Place Assisted Living in Andover, Mass.

A member of the Rotary Club of Newburyport, Tavares is an active member in her community. In her free time, she serves as an instructor for Newburyport Adult and Community Education, where she teaches classes on elder care options. In 2017, Tavares served as a board member for Anna Jaques Hospital Aid Association. She was recently featured on the cover of Newburyport Neighbors for her role in the Newburyport community.

Tavares holds a master’s degree in sociology from University of Massachusetts Boston, as well as a graduate certificate in gerontology.

About Wingate Residences at Haverhill (
Located at 10 Residences Way, Wingate Residences at Haverhill will offer 64 assisted living apartments and include Wingate Healthcare’s unique memory care program, The Neighborhood, which provides specially-designed care for individuals living with dementia. This community has not completed the EOEA certification process.